The Consciousness Dilemma 9 THE LANTERN IN THE SKULL Prologue: A House of Loyal Fetishes 21 MARGINAL ZONES 1. Driving a Forked Stick 31 2. Mind Excursions 43 3. Peak Experiences 54 THE SEVERED STATE 4. An Ever-Widening Rift 67 5. Running Like Clockwork 76 6. The Ultimate Scintilla 91 VISIONS OF THE APEX DWELLERS 7. Sovereign Mentality 101 8. Esalen's Luminaries 110 9. The World Behind the World 119 References 129 Author's Acknowledgements 131
This is a series of books selected and edited by Keith Hill in which New Zealand writers recount their extraordinary spiritual experiences. All four authors have previously been finalists in the Ashton Wylie Awards, New Zealand's premiere prize for distinguished writing in the genre of Mind, Body, Spirit. The Awards' past finalists include acclaimed writers Karl Stead, Sue Reidy and Bryan Walpert. Winners include Lloyd Geering, Joy Cowley and the series' editor, Keith Hill. Each writer recounts experiences that are not spiritual in a traditional religious sense, but instead reflect the diversity of New Zealanders' approach to spirituality. These include mystical perceptions, out of body experiences, feelings of being one with reality, visions of waka taua, interactions with taniwha and nature spirits, encounters with Maori ancestors, and psychic perceptions. "These are experiences," Keith Hill observes, "that, as a culture, we don't often discuss in public. I'm excited by the diversity offered by these books. They're well-written and entertaining reads, and I hope they will also stimulate wider consideration of what spirituality involves for us in Aotearoa New Zealand today."
Hugh Major studied English and Philosophy at Auckland University and has taught these subjects at secondary schools, as well as English and Drama in both Scotland and Japan. He has also taught mask-making and the culture and history of masks at Auckland College of Education. Hugh studied painting at La Bottega d'arte Fiorentina, the studio of Gabrielle Panerai in Florence, and with Dr David Cranswick at the Great Western Studio in London. He has exhibited in Yokohama and Auckland. Between 2002 and 2008 he was a finalist in four of the Adam Portraiture Awards, administered by the National Portrait Gallery in Wellington. In 2011, he was a finalist in Sydney's Gallipoli Art Prize. In his writing, Hugh explores new thinking in the fields of consciousness, science, spirituality and culture. Five times he has been a finalist in New Zealand's premiere Ashton Wylie Award for writing in the mind, body, spirit genre. His published books include Notes on the Mysterium Tremendum (2010) and From Monkey to Moth (2015). Hugh lives in Matakana, New Zealand, with his partner Kirsty.
"The Lantern In The Skull offers an engaging meditation on consciousness, that clear light that seemingly lives inside your head, stubbornly resisting materialistic explanations. Author Hugh Major provides a clearly written and well-informed study of the increasingly critical need to see beyond a simple clockwork model of reality." - Dean Radin PhD, chief scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, author of Entangled Minds and The Noetic Universe Of Hugh Major's previous book, From Monkey to Moth: An Imaginal Evolution: "Very readable, eclectic, full of wisdom drawn from experience. The ineffable is given shape with allegory, parable and metaphor. I so enjoyed it I went back several times to sections that aroused a wealth of feeling." - Joy Cowley ONZ, DCNZN, OBE, author of Veil Over The Light: Selected Spiritual Writings and Navigation, A Memoir